Sat, Nov 29, 2008
Locator Signals From Flight Recorders Detected
The National Transportation Safety Board will be sending a team
of investigators to Perpignan, France to assist in the
investigation of Thursday's accident in which an Airbus A320
crashed into the ocean.
As ANN reported, the airliner was nearing the
end of a two-hour maintenance checkout flight when it suddenly
plunged into the Mediterranean Sea while on approach to Perpignan.
The plane was slated to be returned to owner Air New Zealand after
coming off lease to Germany's XL Airways.
Of the seven persons reported onboard, two bodies have been
recovered... and on Friday, search crews refocused their efforts
from rescue to recovery of the five still missing.
Bloomberg reports five boats, two aircraft, and a search crew in
excess of 150 persons are working to retrieve the airliner's flight
data recorders. Teams have detected the locator signals from the
so-called "black boxes," but poor weather conditions at the
wreckage site hampered recovery efforts.
NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior
aviation accident investigator Joe Sedor as the US Accredited
Representative. The US team will also include technical advisors
from the NTSB, FAA, and International Aero Engines. The team will
head to France when the actual recovery efforts of the aircraft are
Information on the progress of the investigation will be
released by the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA).
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